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Afghanistan: The Aftermath

Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 23 — The debacle that was the inglorious Biden exit from Afghanistan was bad enough, but the president and his armchair warriors apparently don’t know what to do next. One can only imagine what Mr. Biden’s remarks will be when the nation marks the 20th anniversary of that ghastly day known as 9/11.

President Biden, it seems, had no rational game plan for withdrawal, if he had a game plan at all, judging from the questions that are being asked in the aftermath. Why did he not safely evacuate in advance innocent non-combatant Americans, allies, and the Afghanis who aided and abetted us while we were in control? Did he not consider the fate of the women and children who were free to live their lives openly during our occupation and now face retaliation from Muslim extremists?

And then there is the matter of the billions of dollars of modern, deadly weapons that were left behind for the Taliban to use — stuff the enemy could only dream of having in their ongoing war against civilization. It was a dream come true for their reinvigorated Al Qaeda allies; it is a nightmare for the rest of the world.

The president sought to change the narrative on Friday with a speech in which he strongly defended his actions and sought to say that evacuations are going as planned and that our allies have been understanding.

His remarks were immediately challenged.

Republican National Committee spokesperson Emma Vaughn issued this retort: “Biden’s claims that Americans can safely get to the Kabul airport and that our allies support his management handling of the crisis are verifiably false. Americans deserve accountability and transparency, not continued lies and failure.”

As for our allies being understanding, the British Parliament actually “condemned” President Biden last week for his disastrous decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, leaving those who were left behind to fend for themselves. Prime Minister Boris Johnson also came under fire for going along with the president.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had this to say: “Since the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan we have had to watch the Taliban, with breathtaking speed, province for province, town for town, reconquer the entire country,” she said. “This is an absolutely bitter development: Bitter, dramatic and awful, especially for the people in Afghanistan.” Armin Laschet, Merkel’s likely successor as Chancellor, called the Biden withdrawal and its aftermath the “greatest debacle that NATO has seen since its foundation, and it is an epochal change that we are facing.”

Giorgia Meloni, president of the European Conservatives and Reformists Party, sarcastically suggested: “Let’s give a welcome back to the cynical Obama-Clinton-Biden doctrine: ‘If you can’t win, create chaos.'”

And, according to Newsweek, “Malcolm Chalmers, deputy director-general of London’s Royal United Services Institute, said that Britain—which for much for the war contributed the second-largest number of troops to the mission—’was especially upset that the Biden administration didn’t consult it more fully about the decision to withdraw this summer. That is water under the bridge, but the fact that there wasn’t a coordinated alliance approach to the withdrawal makes it even more important now to coordinate a Western response—starting with the question of recognition of a Taliban government.”

Yet Mr. Biden continues to suggest to reporters that there have been no critical messages from abroad. After his speech on Friday, Zeke Miller, President of the White House Correspondents Association, asked him: “What is your message to America’s partners around the world who…question America’s credibility on the world stage?” To which the president replied: “I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world.”

Meanwhile, here at home, criticism of the president’s hasty retreat from Afghanistan and his lack of a plan for his “next moves” is coming from the right and the left. Senators Bob Menendez [D-NJ], chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Edward Markey [D-MA] and Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH] and 44 others from both sides of the aisle have issued a demand for action. In a message to Biden via his Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, they said that the least that could be done at this time is to find a way to provide “fast, humane, and efficient relocation to the United States” for those that were left behind.

And then there is the matter of the billions of dollars of modern, deadly weapons that were left behind for the Taliban to use — stuff the enemy could only dream of having in their ongoing war against civilization. It was a dream come true for their reinvigorated Al Qaeda allies; it is a nightmare for the rest of the world.

In an interview with Fox News, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell estimated that there are as many as 15,000 Americans who were left behind by the “precipitous” and “incompetent” withdrawal. He said that there were countless Afghan civilians who cooperated with us, and we’re left to fend for themselves without as much as a goodbye.

The interview prompted an online reader to comment: “A lot of Democrats are saying: ‘It was Trump’s plan’… Implying that it’s all Trump’s fault, but the truth is that the Democrats couldn’t figure out how to effectively implement the plan. Yes, Trump and his administration put together a framework for getting out of Afghanistan, but the Democrats couldn’t read the instructions.”

Interestingly, President Trump issued a statement on Friday in which he said, “Leaving Americans behind for death is an unforgivable dereliction of duty, which will go down in infamy. To imagine that you take out your military before you take out your U.S. citizens, and the civilians and others that may be helped us – to even think of that, it’s not something that can be believed.”

As Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Russell Mead put it, “fanatical jihadists discouraged by the failure of ISIS sense a fresh and favorable turn of events with the arrival of their greatest victory since 9/11. Recruitment will prosper, and resources will flow—fed by the sophisticated weapons and tech we left in the field. The president may be finished with Afghanistan, but Afghanistan may not be finished with him.” Mead reckons that Biden actually believed he could oversee a retreat in “a dignified and orderly” manner, that surrendering to the Taliban would not negatively impact America’s stature in the world and “that voters wouldn’t punish him even if the withdrawal went pear-shaped.” As they say in baseball, three strikes, and you’re out.

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Dave Smith
1 month ago

Of course Sippy Cup joe has seen zero input from anyone but his handlers, he’s barely able to choose what flavor of pudding he wants before his 18-hour nap time. He’s been nothing but a puppet for the demoncrats bent on destroying this nation. The truly scary part of this…if joe’s such a wonderful answer to the 4 years of strength, prosperity, safety and growth of America under President Trump, what fresh hell will laughing girl bring us both here and globally?

Mario Capparuccini
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Smith

It is too frightening even to contemplate. Armageddon may soon be upon us.

John D. Beach
1 month ago

God is the prime mover, the inertial force against which there is no outside force to act. The choices of man, either, conform to move at the impulse of God, or to ignore that impulse or resist it. It is that simple, and the perversity of animate and inanimate objects is that with which we struggle to achieve order and harmony and comfort in life. The gravity of the process is, often, determined by the extent to which we attempt to overcome the force of gravity. To choose not to conform to God’s design is not a logical choice. Democrats have a party platform, the substance of which is antithetical to the very basic designs of God. These folks are so arrogant, myopic and misguided and sinful that they believe themselves to be the outside force that can act against God. The consequences of their willful disobedience have been horrendous.

Hal
1 month ago

Joe Hidin’ Biden is being used by the upper hierarchy of the Democrats. They will eventually blame everything bad that ensues on him and pretend like they had no role in it.

Gunny Joe
1 month ago

Folks we need to understand this President and his administration, along with the other politicians, both Republicans and Democrats do not believe President Trump was a real President. Therefore all he (President Trump), done needs to be undone or ignored. So they can get on with fundamental changing our Nation. As obama, charter, Clinton, and a list of weak republicans started.

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  Gunny Joe

Remember, Pres. Trump, like Pres. Reagan, were not “POLITICKS”. They used their common sense and surrounded themselves with great and knowledgeable advisors. They did not follow the POLITICIAN handbook.

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  Max

Max, I’m in total agreement…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago

Biden would resign,rather than be impeached. Kyle L.

Ray Elliott
1 month ago

How can you be that incompetent??? Could it be that it was planned to happen?

Phillip
1 month ago
Reply to  Ray Elliott

Hmmmm. Ya think?

Steven
1 month ago
Reply to  Ray Elliott

Simple question deserves a simple answer…yes.

Tx Kate
1 month ago

I completely agree with everyone on here who thinks the Biden/Harris bunch needs to be impeached but I don’t expect anything like that to happen–(after all they are democrats). And the republicans are too darn weak to do anything about it, OR they just don’t care. Still, I DO hope I’m wrong!! I’ve sent e-mails to my congressmen & senators in my state about what’s going on but haven’t received even one reply from any of them.

D.P.
1 month ago
Reply to  Tx Kate

I too have been sending notes, e-mails, letters and made calls to my reps. (mostly republicans) and get no more than form letters and rhetoric with all the platitudes and political clap-trap. I will keep up the pressure, but am not optimistic about having much effect. It appears, even the republicans who are in office suffer the same “kingdom building, greed for power and perks” never mind the voters.
We have only polititians, no statesmen remain.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

o US More isolated
o No allies?
o Go It alone wars
o Deep debt

Hal
1 month ago

You just laid out the secret (intended) agenda of the present day DemocRat Party. You might add … eventual morphing of our Constitutional Democracy into a Communistic Rule by the DemocRat Party heirarchy.

D.P.
1 month ago

There’s NO counting the aftermath…..years will come that will bear the results of this horrible miscalculation towards disaster. No one can foresee the catastrophe as it will play out in increased world conflict, terrorist activity and inner crisis in our country. No counting the aftermath…..as if the Biden administration could calculate anything past their noses. We have yet to see what trials this nation will face as a result of the stupidity of our political leaders….republicans included!

Judy
1 month ago

Jesus first words to His disciples when they asked Him about signs of the end times;

‘Take heed that ye be not deceived.’

‘(I) will send them a strong delusion, so much so that if it were possible would deceive the very Elect.’

We of faith in Jesus Christ know these are the last days. Our hope is in Christ’s return for His Church, the Rapture. Christ’s Word has taught us that His ways are not grievous, and that we are to take courage, that in the world we will have tribulation, but that He has overcome the world. He will never leave us nor forsake us. All the things that are coming about in this world are God’s Devine plan to bring about a ‘New heavens and a new Earth’, where we will reign as kings and priests with Him forever. Amen.

Nina Rae
1 month ago

My question is…If we still have thousands of AMERICAN CITIZENS stranded in Afghanistan WHY are we transporting Afghanistan people to the United States before rescuing our own CITIZENS? More evidence of Biden’s incoherent thinking! Long past time for him to GO! Congress needs to Quit twiddling it’s thumbs & ‘Get’er Done!’

Gen. Patton
1 month ago

What did you expect from this moron? He lies about everything, America never comes first with him.
IMPEACH THIS IDIOT! Fire Miley and that dope Austin immediately. Beg Trump to come back America.

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  Gen. Patton

Thank you General Patton & I agree 100%…
I also enjoyed your appearance at the Culliman, Alabama Trump Rally on Saturday…
What a way to start things off! ” When you put your hand into a pile of goo, only to realize it was your best friend’s face, you will know what to do “…
MAGA…
Bill on the Hill… :~)

D. Brown
1 month ago

Joe-tard and heels-up Harris need to be dragged out by their hair, tried, convicted and publicly hung for treason! The line to pull the gallows lever forms behind me.

Gunny Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  D. Brown

Be sure to grab Biden’s ears his hair is plugs, will pull out too easy!!

Phillip
1 month ago
Reply to  Gunny Joe

Now that’s funny.

Sherry Derrico
1 month ago
Reply to  D. Brown

SO AGREE WITH YOU!! ADD PIGOLICE ( nancy ) TO THE HANGING ALSO. So should Obama!!! He is trying to overtake the Goverment!!

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Sherry Derrico

Why is hillary clinton talking to prime minister regarding anything? She is not an employee of anything to do with our government

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago

The JRB/Harris REGIME, in a word, DISASTROUS.
Long overdue now, it is time for their REMOVAL, the entire O’Biden cabinet & the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon sitting on their respective thrones…Be gone will ALL of them!
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Paul
1 month ago

Biden is incompetent! Impeachment is the only course of action!

Donald
1 month ago

Mr. Biden is a Zombie President. He is not controlled by his own brain, just does what he is told without thinking about the consequences of what he is doing. He is so dangerous to the US and the world. God help us survive this period of history. When you have the tools and refuse to use them, you are just a zombie President. So sad, many will die from this and it’s coming our way.

Max
1 month ago

WELCOME TO THE LAND OF OZ!!! The Administration is completely lost, the Wizard can’t figure out a thing, the Wicked Witch can’t wait to put on those RUBY RED Shoes and take command and the flying Monkey army are scattering the Munchkins and collecting the GOLD brick rode as payment. Where are Dorothy, the scarecrow, the tinman and lion? Probably collecting their share of the payoff.

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago
Reply to  Max

Good analogy! “Don’t pay any attention to the DOPE behind the curtain!”

Kim
1 month ago

Wall Street Journal columnist Mead “…reckons that Biden actually believed he could oversee a retreat in ‘a dignified and orderly’ manner…”. That’s Joe Biden’s problem—he’s incapable of thinking up viable solutions to complex issues, especially one with as many human lives and the future of a country held in the balance.

He and Guakamala Harris should be impeached. Give Joe a box of Jenga blocks on his way out. That’s about his speed. He should not be President of the United States.

James Hainer
1 month ago

Biden needs to be relieved of his command do to his ignorance of duty !!!! That is what you get from a illegal unelected government.

Leigh
1 month ago

“If you can’t win, create chaos!” That does sound like exactly something lowlife Obama would have chosen to do. Obama returned and paid off world’s largest state sponsor of Islamic terrorism, Iran, to billions so they could arm themselves and fellow Islamic terrorist states for years. Now Fraud Biden has topped lowlife Obama by supplying Taliban and their international Islamic terrorist friends with $85 billion in advanced weapons and transportation, including Black Hawk helicopters and cargo planes. Is that level of FUBAR isn’t an impeachable offense, what the heck is???

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  Leigh

Another thought: How much of the left behind military material will end up in the Iranians’ hands. Afghanistan and Iran do share a border.

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